Century Trilogy (Durst-Benning)

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 307 ratings

While the World Is Still Asleep Publisher's Summary

It isn't easy for a woman to cut loose in 1890s Berlin. But the winds of change are blowing, and nothing can stop Josephine from pursuing her dreams.

After the tragic death of her little brother, Josephine travels to the Black Forest to heal. There she discovers a feeling of freedom astride a brand-new invention called the "velocipede". The very idea of a woman on a bicycle is beyond taboo - it is indecent and even illegal - but Josephine will not be deterred. She simply needs to find a way to ride without provoking a scandal. Back home, Josephine has the brilliant idea of riding under cover of night, while the world is still asleep. But Berlin's streets are dangerous, especially on a bicycle.

Can Josephine's fighting heart help her overcome the obstacles in her path? Will the passion she feels for this new adventure lead her toward true love?

©2012 Petra Durst-Benning & Ullstein Buchverlag GmbH (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc. All rights reserved. Translation © 2016 Edwin Miles.
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  • Book 1

    • While the World Is Still Asleep

    • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Edwin Miles - translator
    • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 132

    After the tragic death of her little brother, Josephine travels to the Black Forest to heal. There she discovers a feeling of freedom astride a brand-new invention called the "velocipede". The very idea of a woman on a bicycle is beyond taboo - it is indecent and even illegal - but Josephine will not be deterred. She simply needs to find a way to ride without provoking a scandal. Back home, Josephine has the brilliant idea of riding under cover of night, while the world is still asleep.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The German accent is quite lovely.

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $17.99

  • Book 2

    • The Champagne Queen

    • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Edwin Miles - translator
    • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    When Isabelle took a chance and eloped with Leon Feininger, her true love, she hadn't stopped to consider what would happen next. Winter on his family's isolated vineyard proves tougher than she expected, and Isabelle finds herself daydreaming, envisioning the wines she and Leon will make when they have their own land. An unexpected inheritance opens a door for the newlyweds - Leon's uncle has left them a vineyard, and in champagne country no less! But all is not as it seems.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • patience

    • By irontwin on 10-05-16

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3

    • The Queen of Beauty

    • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Edwin Miles - translator
    • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Despite all that Clara Berg has achieved as a wife, mother, and chemist - especially for a woman in turn-of-the-century Berlin - ending her abusive marriage comes at great cost. The judge hands her inheritance - her parents' pharmacy - over to her ex-husband. Now, with her reputation in near ruins thanks to the scandal that rocked her marriage, no reputable chemist will hire her. Worst of all, she has lost all rights to her young son and daughter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • turn off the century women

    • By N. Mohandessi on 09-10-18

    Regular price: $19.99